And that’s just how fast things can change in recruiting. Entering the week, Scranton (Pa.) Lackawanna Community College linebacker Emmanuel Beal didn’t have an Oklahoma offer and had no clue where he was going to visit the final two weekends.
He leaves offered by OU, committed to the Sooners and knowing 100 percent exactly where his future stands going forward.
Beal, officially offered by the Sooners and linebacker coach Tim Kish on Wednesday, confirmed his commitment to OU on Sunday morning during his official visit to campus.
The Sooners once again strike gold in Lackawanna as this is OU’s third pledge for the 2016 class from the school and second of the weekend.
Scout Juco 100 offensive tackle Ashton Julious, ranked No. 47, is already on campus, while fellow linebacker Kapri Doucet, ranked No. 78, committed to OU on Friday.
The plan was for Beal and Doucet to visit Norman together this weekend, but Doucet could not make his visit because of Winter Storm Jonas. Instead, he will visit the campus next weekend.
Beal, originally from Reynoldsburg, Ohio, however, had no problem getting to campus. He was thrilled with the offer, but he wanted to make sure he liked Norman and got to know the coaches better.
Beal, listed at 6-foot-2 and 220 pounds, said earlier this week the hope had been for Beal and Doucet to play together at the next level. Entering the month, that destination looked like it would be Arizona.
However, after the coach that offered both of them for the Wildcats was let go, the door opened for the Sooners to make their move.
Beal does have a redshirt year available to him and has two seasons’ worth of eligibility remaining. A defensive end throughout his football career, Beal made the transition to outside linebacker this season.
From his film and from talking to him, it’s pretty clear who OU sees in Beal. The Sooners want their next Eric Striker, and they hope they found him this weekend.
The Beal news is just the latest major happening in OU recruiting. Since Thursday, OU has earned three commitments (also Amani Bledsoe), while seeing someone commit and decommit in a 24-hour period (Velus Jones). It is indeed the silly season, but Beal knows he has found his home.